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Snow Canyon State Park
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Snow Canyon State Park Tricolor Rock © Angela Hansen
Three completely distinct rock types and colors are intermixed in the landscape
Snow Canyon State Park Snow Canyon SP campground © hiroko primm
A beautiful campground srounded by Navajo sand stone
Snow Canyon State Park Snow Canyon Vista © Angela Hansen
A short hike away from the road reveals intriguing vistas and rock formations
Snow Canyon State Park © Marla J. Hayes
Snow Canyon State Park Mountain Fold © Angela Hansen
Sunlight low in the sky emphasizes the fold in this mountain
Snow Canyon State Park © Lisa Rupe
Snow Canyon State Park © Rebecca Rasmussen
Snow Canyon State Park © Rebecca Rasmussen
Snow Canyon State Park Park Entrance © Angela Hansen
Driving into Snow Canyon, classic red-rock formations can be seen to the right
Snow Canyon State Park © Rebecca Rasmussen
Snow Canyon State Park © Rebecca Rasmussen
Snow Canyon State Park © Curtis Bates
Snow Canyon State Park © Curtis Bates
Snow Canyon State Park Snow Canyon Lava Tube © Curtis Bates
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1002 Snow Canyon Drive
Ivins, Utah   84738
(lat:37.2178 lon:-113.6396) map location

Phone: 435-628-2255
Toll Free: 877-887-2757
Reservations: 435-628-2255
Email: park email button icon
Red Navajo sandstone, capped by an overlay of black lava rock, makes photography, hiking, biking and camping in Snow Canyon a double treat. Early spring and fall use of the park is especially appealing due to southern Utah's moderate winter climate. Two recent volcanic cones are found near the head of the canyon.

This strikingly colorful canyon is 11 miles northwest of St. George. Facilities include a 35-unit campground, modern rest rooms, hot showers, electric hookups, sewage disposal station, a covered group-use pavilion and overflow campground.
Day-UseHiking Trailyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes

Snow Canyon State Park is located near Saint George, Washington

Snow Canyon State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables, grills and restrooms. Some sites require reservations while others are first-come-first-serve.
Whiptail Trail - 6 miles. Easy. Level with some slopes and accessible to physically challenged. Tucked along the canyon bottom, this sinuous paved trail is suitable for hiking, jogging, biking and rollerblading.Johnson Canyon - (Open November 15 to March 1 only) - 2 miles. Easy and level with some rocky slopes and steps. Boasting the only riparian area in the park, this trail winds through lava flows and red rock to an arch spanning 200 feet.Jenny's Canyon - (Closed March 31 to June 1) -One-half mile. Easy, level with few slopes and steps. Trail leads to a narrow, sculpted canyon.Sand Dunes - One-half mile. Easy. Deep sand with some slopes. Trail leads to a large expanse of red sand that is an excellent play area for children of all ages.West Canyon Road - 7 miles. Easy. Gravel and sand surface. Fairly level. Trail follows a maintenance road winding past washes and towering cliffs to the mouth of present-day Snow Canyon.Pioneer Names - One-half mile. Easy. Fairly level with some steps and slopes. This crescent-shaped trail passes pioneer names written in axle grease, dating back to 1883.Hidden Pinyon - 1.5 miles. Moderate. Rocky slopes. Drop-offs. This self-guided nature trail introduces geological features and native plants of the park.Three Ponds - 3.5 miles. Moderate with some rocky slopes and deep sand. Trail winds through sandy washes to mouth of a 400-foot canyon. Potholes eroded in sandstone catch seasonal rain, giving the trail its name.Petrified Dunes Trail - 1 mile. Moderate. Some steep slopes, uneven surfaces. This trail crosses massive sandstone outcrops where you may explore sand dunes frozen in time.Butterfly Trail - 2 miles. Moderate. Some steep slopes, steps and uneven surfaces. Winding along the west side of Petrified Dunes, this trail leads to West Canyon Overlook and lava tubes.White Rocks Trail/Lava Flow Overlook 4 miles. Moderate. Some rocky slopes, uneven surfaces. Passing through lava flows, juniper stands and breathtaking views of West Canyon, trail leads to a natural amphitheater set in white sandstone. Or reach the amphitheater on a 1-mile trail located one-half mile north of State Route 18 junction.
Biking enthusiasts can explore over 20 miles of trails, offering both paved and off-road options.

The Whiptail Trail is a popular choice for families with its gentle terrain.

For more experienced riders, the Petrified Dunes trail offers challenging sandstone surfaces to navigate.

Remember that cycling on hiking-only paths or outside designated areas isn't permitted; respect park rules at all times.

Ensure you're prepared: carry water, wear appropriate gear and check weather conditions before setting out.

Be cautious around wildlife - keep your distance and do not feed any animals encountered during rides.

Always maintain safe speeds while biking as some trails are shared with pedestrians or equestrians too.

It's important to note that mountain bikes aren't allowed on certain routes like Butterfly Trail due to their sensitive nature.

Night riding within the area is prohibited so plan your trips accordingly in daylight hours only.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 12 Beautiful, inspiring, great hiking trail
park review stars; one to five The lava, red sandstone and white mountains make for beautiful setting. Especially breathe taking in the Spring when everything is green and the wildflowers are out.
March 9 Great colorful park, diverse features by Dino
park review stars; one to five Very diverse geological features in such a relative small space
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Take exit 6 and go west on St. George Blvd. until Bluff Street. Travel north on Bluff (which is also SR18) about one mile to Snow Canyon Parkway, turn left, go six miles to Snow Canyon Drive, turn right.

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